If you are traveling to Lisbon, Portugal as a vegan or vegetarian, you are certainly in for a treat. The vegan Lisbon scene is fantastic, with many fully vegan restaurants in the city as well as plenty of Lisbon vegetarian restaurants. I have just recently finished a one-month stay in this gorgeous city, and I ate incredibly well the entire time. If you are concerned that you won’t be able to enjoy authentic Portuguese cuisine while being vegan, don’t be. There are many Lisbon vegan restaurants that serve up very traditional Portuguese dishes. You will find every level of vegan dining in Lisbon, from fine dining to very casual. In this vegan Lisbon guide, I will be going over my top picks for the best Lisbon vegan restaurants. I will also be including the best Lisbon vegetarian restaurants that have vegan options as well! Let’s get into it!
Best Vegan Lisbon Restaurants & Lisbon Vegetarian Restaurants
Without a doubt, my favorite vegan Lisbon restaurant is AO 26 vegan food project. This vegan restaurant in Lisbon is located in the Chiado neighborhood, with some incredibly delicious food. This is my favorite because they offer so many traditional Portuguese dishes in vegan form. Whenever traveling to a new country, part of the fun is trying the local cuisine. AO 26 has vegan versions of many popular Portuguese dishes like Francesinha, cod-fish cakes, oysters, clams, sausages, and many more.
This vegan Lisbon restaurant is incredibly popular, so make a reservation well enough in advance. It is a very small, intimate restaurant with great service as well. We got the appetizer tasting platter. This platter featured many of the best vegan Portuguese tapas available. Also, we got the vegan sardines which were incredible. For the main course, we got the Francesinha and Fish dish which were also delicious. I highly recommend AO 26 to anyone looking for both vegan and Lisbon vegetarian restaurants.
The only Michelin star restaurant on this list, Arkhe is one of the latest and greatest Lisbon vegetarian restaurants. While this is not a fully vegan restaurant, the majority of the menu is vegan, with only a few dishes containing dairy. It is very easy to enjoy a meal here as a vegan. And I highly suggest doing so. This may be one of the more creative vegan meals I’ve ever had. For those that don’t know, a Michelin star restaurant is one that has been awarded stars by the Michelin company for excellence in food and service. And Arkhe certainly lived up to that title.
While this is a more expensive option, I do believe that the meal was worth the price. The menu is a pre-fixed menu where you choose from a selection of courses. There are different price points depending on how many courses you would like. The service is incredibly attentive, albeit somewhat pretentious. As a fine dining restaurant, this is a bit of a stuffy environment, so be prepared for that. But I believe the food warranted the stuffy environment. If you are looking for a fantastic vegan Lisbon meal, be sure to come to Arkhe. This restaurant also books up very far in advance, so make a reservation.
3. Healthy V
Located in Principe Real, Healthy V is one of the best Lisbon vegetarian restaurants with a mostly vegan menu. I loved this place so much, especially because it was only one block from my Airbnb. They have delicious food, mostly veggie burgers, bowls, and other standard vegan fares. This restaurant seems to be a bit of a hidden gem, as it usually isn’t too busy. It is right across from the natural history museum. So a nice day in Lisbon could be a trip to the museum and then lunch at Healthy V. I’ve been here multiple times, and the food was always fantastic. Definitely give them a try if you are in the Principe Real neighborhood.
Located in the bar district of Bairro Alto, the Botanical Den is a completely vegan bar with bar bites and burgers. This was one that kind of surprised me for how delicious it was. This adorable bar serves up some of the best cocktails I’ve had in all of Lisbon. There are many delicious specialty drinks as well as amazing classic cocktails. I swear this is one of the best gin martinis I’ve had in the entire city. Their bar menu is mostly Beyond Burgers with differing preparations, but it was so delicious. We came pretty early in the evening and had the place to ourselves. If you come later in the evening when Bairro Alto is busy, this would be a really fun atmosphere. Definitely one of the best places for a light bite and some amazing drinks!
The Green Affair has several locations all over Lisbon with some pretty great food. I wouldn’t say this was ever out of this world amazing, but it is a solid option for vegan Lisbon food. Pictured above, their seitan steak was delicious and just what I was in the mood for. This is a pretty casual restaurant with a completely vegan menu. The majority of this menu is also bowls and such, but there are also some specialty vegan items. I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit this one again, but it was certainly good enough for what it was.
Copper Branch is a popular plant-based restaurant chain that I first visited in Montreal a few years ago and fell in love. They just recently opened their first location in Lisbon in the Principe Real neighborhood. And I was so happy that they did. This counter-service restaurant is completely plant-based, mostly with burgers and bowls. I’ve eaten here in Lisbon and Canada many times, and the food is always fantastic. Keep in mind that it is still fast food burgers, so by no means healthy food. But you can get some delicious healthy bowls, such as the vegan poke bowl pictured above. The prices are very affordable, and you get a great meal at Copper Branch.
One of the somewhat disappointing experiences I had was at Orteá Vegan Collective Botanista, but the food was pretty good. The appetizer I got, a tofu scramble toast, was absolutely delicious, and I loved it. But the main course was somewhat disappointing, and we waited a very long time. I still included this vegan Lisbon restaurant on this list because it is very popular, and some of the food was good. I just happened not to have the best entree, and it ruined my experience. But for just the tofu scramble toast I had, this was an enjoyable experience for vegan restaurants in Lisbon. Still worth a visit. They also have a store upstairs of the restaurant that sells vegan goods like artisan vegan cheeses and much more.
8. Vegan Nata
When you are visiting Lisbon, you absolutely must try pastel de nata. This Portuguese egg custard tart is one of the most popular pastries in the country. You will undoubtedly hear everyone talk about pastel de nata many times when talking about what to do in Lisbon. Thankfully, there are several places all over the city to get a vegan pastel de nata. These are so creamy and delicious, with a flaky pastry bottom. They are traditionally topped with cinnamon and brown sugar. I definitely gained some weight with how many of these I ate over the course of my time in Portugal. They are absolutely delicious and a must-try when in the country of Portugal.
Located in Principe Real, this cafe is very cute with delicious food. It is neither one of the Lisbon vegetarian restaurants nor vegan, but they do have lots of vegan options. Their veggie burger was delicious, and they even had some vegan pastries. Again, nothing out of this world amazing, but worth a visit if you are in the area looking for some vegan Lisbon food.
If you love brunch, you will absolutely love Zenith. This isn’t one of the Lisbon vegetarian restaurants, but there are many vegan options at this popular brunch spot. They have everything from acai bowls to waffles and much more available for vegans. Brunch is served all day long, including popular cocktails like mimosas and Bloody Marys. Zenith is by no means a must-visit, but if you are in the mood for a delicious brunch with vegan options, then be sure to give them a try!
Vegan Grocery Shopping in Lisbon- Celeiro Dieta
If you are planning to stay in Lisbon for a long time like I did, then you will most certainly plan to eat at home most of the time. While you can find some vegan products at most grocery stores, these items are usually few and far between. Obviously, you will always be able to find fruits and vegetables, but you won’t easily find many things like tofu, plant-based meats and cheeses, and more. Thankfully, there is a grocery store, Celerio, right downtown that fixes this issue. Celeiro is a health-food store with all varieties of vegan products as well as gluten-free and many others. There are many brands of tofu, beyond meat, vegan cheeses, and much more at this health-food store. If you are looking for great vegan products in Lisbon, then this is where you’ll want to go grocery shopping.
As you can see, there are many incredible Lisbon vegetarian restaurants with vegan options as well as fully vegan restaurants in the city. Before coming to Lisbon, I did not know what to expect as far as food options were concerned. And after spending an entire month in the city, I can thoroughly say that I was very pleased with the food here. Honestly, the vegan food scene in Lisbon may have been one of my favorite parts of being in the city. There are also many other vegan restaurants that I did not have the chance to visit during my stay in Lisbon. My budget only allows for so many meals out in a month, so this is simply the best of my experience.
I hope that you found this guide to be helpful for your next trip to Lisbon. While you obviously won’t have time to visit all of these, hopefully, you can pick a few to enjoy. Be sure to check out my other Lisbon content here! If you enjoyed this guide, please consider joining my e-mail list to be notified every time I post new content. Also, be sure to follow me on social media to stay up to date with all of my travels. Thank you so much for visiting my blog!